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Sertacream® (sertaconazole nitrate) cream, 2%, is indicated for the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis in immunocompetent patients 12 years of age and older, caused by: Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum [see Clinical Studies (14) ].

Sertacream cream 2% is an azole antifungal indicated for the topical treatment of interdigital tinea pedis in immunocompetent patients 12 years of age and older, caused by: Trichophyton rubrum, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, and Epidermophyton floccosum. (1)


In the treatment of interdigital tinea pedis, Sertacream cream, 2%, should be applied twice daily for 4 weeks. Sufficient amount of Sertacream cream, 2%, should be applied to cover both the affected areas between the toes and the immediately surrounding healthy skin of patients with interdigital tinea pedis.

Not for ophthalmic, oral, or intravaginal use.

Sertacream cream should be applied to the affected and immediate surrounding area(s) twice daily for 4 weeks. (2)

Not for ophthalmic, oral, or intravaginal use. (2)


Cream, 2%. Each gram of Sertacream cream, 2%, contains 17.5 mg of sertaconazole (as Sertacream, 20 mg) in a white cream base.

Cream, 2%. (3)



None. (4)



5.1 Local Adverse Reactions

If irritation develops, treatment should be discontinued and appropriate therapy instituted.

Physicians should exercise caution when prescribing Sertacream cream, 2%, to patients known to be sensitive to azole antifungals, since cross-reactivity may occur.


Most common adverse reactions observed in clinical trials were contact dermatitis, dry skin, burning skin, application site skin tenderness. (6.1)

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC at 1-800-321-4576 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug, and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

In clinical trials, cutaneous adverse events occurred in 7 of 297 (2%) subjects (2 of them severe) receiving Sertacream® cream, 2%, and in 7 of 291 (2%) subjects (2 of them severe) receiving vehicle. These reported cutaneous adverse events included contact dermatitis, dry skin, burning skin, application site skin tenderness.

In a dermal sensitization trial, 8 of 202 evaluable subjects tested with Sertacream® cream, 2%, and 4 of 202 evaluable subjects tested with vehicle, exhibited a slight erythematous reaction in the challenge phase. There was no evidence of cumulative irritation or contact sensitization in a repeated insult patch test involving 202 healthy volunteers.

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of Sertacream cream, 2%. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

In post-marketing surveillance for Sertacream cream, 2%, the following were reported:

Cutaneous adverse events: erythema, pruritus, vesiculation, desquamation, and hyperpigmentation.



8.1 Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category C.

There are no adequate and well-controlled studies conducted with Sertacream cream in pregnant women. Sertacream cream should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Reproduction studies have not been performed with Sertacream cream. Sertacream did not produce any evidence of maternal toxicity, embryotoxicity or teratogenicity in rats and rabbits at an oral dose of 160 mg/kg/day and 80 times (rabbits) the maximum recommended human dose based on a body surface area comparison). A reduction in live birth indices and an increase in the number of still-born pups were seen at doses of 80 and 160 mg/kg/day Sertacream in an oral peri- and post-natal development study in rats.

8.3 Nursing Mothers

It is not known if sertaconazole is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when prescribing Sertacream cream, 2%, to a nursing woman.

8.4 Pediatric Use

The efficacy and safety of Sertacream cream, 2%, have not been established in pediatric patients below the age of 12 years.

8.5 Geriatric Use

Clinical trials of Sertacream cream, 2%, did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects.


Sertacream (sertaconazole nitrate) cream, 2%, is for topical application. It contains the azole antifungal, Sertacream. Sertacream contains one asymmetric carbon atom and exists as a racemic mixture of equal amounts of R and S enantiomers.

Sertacream is designated chemically as (±)-1-[2,4-dichloro-β-[(7-chlorobenzo-[b]thien-3-yl)methoxy]phenethyl]imidazole nitrate. It has a molecular weight of 500.8. The molecular formula is C20H15Cl3N2OS HNO3, and the structural formula is as follows:

Sertacream is a white or almost white powder. It is practically insoluble in water, soluble in methanol, sparingly soluble in alcohol and in methylene chloride. Each gram of Sertacream cream, 2%, contains 17.5 mg of sertaconazole (as Sertacream, 20 mg) in a white cream base of ethylene glycol, glyceryl isostearate, glycolized saturated glycerides, light mineral oil, methylparaben, polyethylene glycol palmitostearate, polyoxyethylened saturated glycerides, sorbic acid and purified water.

Chemical Structure



12.1 Mechanism of Action

Sertacream cream is an azole antifungal [see Clinical Pharmacology ].

12.3 Pharmacokinetics

In a multiple dose pharmacokinetic trial that included 5 male subjects with interdigital tinea pedis (range of diseased area, 42 - 140 cm2; mean, 93 cm2), Sertacream cream, 2%, was topically applied every 12 hours for a total of 13 doses to the diseased skin (0.5 grams Sertacream per 100 cm2). Sertaconazole concentrations in plasma measured by serial blood sampling for 72 hours after the thirteenth dose were below the limit of quantitation (2.5 ng/mL) of the analytical method used.

12.4 Microbiology

Mechanism of Action :

Sertaconazole, an azole antifungal agent, inhibits fungal cytochrome P-450-mediated 14 alpha-lanosterol demethylase enzyme. This enzyme functions to convert lanosterol to ergosterol. Ergosterol is a key component of fungal cell membranes and lack of this component leads to fungal cell injury by leakage of key constituents in the cytoplasm from the cell.

Activity In Vitro and in Clinical Infections :

Sertacream has been shown to be active against isolates of the following microorganisms in clinical infections [see Indications and Usage (1) ].



13.1 Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

In a rat dermal carcinogenicity study, topical administration of Sertacream cream for up to 102 weeks did not increase the number of neoplastic lesions compared to control animals, at Sertacream doses of up to 800 mg/kg/day (approximately 200 times the maximum recommended human dose based on a body surface area comparison).

No clastogenic potential was observed in a mouse micronucleus test. Sertacream was considered nonclastogenic in the in vivo mouse sister chromatid exchange assay. There was no evidence that Sertacream induced unscheduled DNA synthesis in primary rat hepatocyte cultures.

At oral doses up to 60 mg/kg/day (16 times the maximum recommended human dose based on a body surface area comparison), Sertacream exhibited no toxicity or adverse effects on reproductive performance or fertility in male or female rats.


In two randomized, double-blind, clinical trials, subjects 12 years and older with interdigital tinea pedis applied either Sertacream cream, 2%, or vehicle, twice daily for four weeks. Subjects with moccasin-type (plantar) tinea pedis and/or onychomycosis were excluded from the trial. Two weeks after completion of therapy (six weeks after beginning therapy), subjects were evaluated for signs and symptoms related to interdigital tinea pedis.

Treatment outcomes are summarized in the table below.

Trial 1 Trial 2
Sertaconazole Vehicle Sertaconazole Vehicle

Complete Cure Complete Cure – Patients who had complete clearing of signs and symptoms and Mycological Cure. (Primary Efficacy Variable)

13/99 (13.1%)

3/92 (3.3%)

28/103 (27.2%)

5/103 (4.9%)

Effective Treatment Effective Treatment – Patients who had minimal residual signs and symptoms of interdigital tinea pedis and Mycological Cure.

32/99 (32.3%)

11/92 (12.0%)

52/103 (50.5%)

16/103 (15.5%)

Mycological Cure Mycological Cure – Patients who had both negative microscopic KOH preparation and negative fungal culture.

49/99 (49.5%)

18/92 (19.6%)

71/103 (68.9%)

20/103 (19.4%)

In clinical trials, complete cure in sertaconazole treated subjects was achieved in 32 of 160 (20%) subjects with Trichophyton rubrum, in 7 of 28 (25%) subjects with Trichophyton mentagrophytes and in 1 of 13 (15%) subjects with Epidermophyton floccosum.


Sertacream cream, 2%, is white in color and supplied in tubes in the following size:

60-gram tube

NDC 0187-5115-60

Store at 20°C-25°C (68°F-77°F); excursions permitted to 15°-30°C (59°-86°F).


See FDA-approved Patient Labeling (Patient Information)

The patient should be instructed to:



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Sertacream (er-tack-zo)

(sertaconazole nitrate) cream, 2%

Important information: Sertacream cream is for use on skin only. Do not use Sertacream cream in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

What is Sertacream cream?

Sertacream cream is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat athlete's foot that is between the toes (interdigital tinea pedis) in people 12 years of age and older with normal immune systems.

It is not known if Sertacream cream is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Sertacream cream?

Before using Sertacream cream, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How should I use Sertacream cream?

What are the possible side effects of Sertacream cream?

The most common side effects of Sertacream cream include: redness, itching, dry skin, burning, blistering, swelling, drainage and skin tenderness at the treated skin areas. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these skin reactions.

These are not all the possible side effects of Sertacream cream. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Sertacream cream?

General information about the safe and effective use of Sertacream cream

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Sertacream cream that is written for health professionals. Do not use Sertacream cream for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Sertacream cream to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them.

What are the ingredients in Sertacream cream?

Active ingredient: Sertacream

Inactive ingredients: ethylene glycol, glyceryl isostearate, glycolized saturated glycerides, light mineral oil, methylparaben, polyethylene glycol palmitostearate, polyoxyethylened saturated glycerides, sorbic acid and purified water

Distributed by: Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

Manufactured by: DPT Laboratories, Ltd., San Antonio, TX 78215

Product of Spain

For more information call 1-800-321-4567.

This Patient Information has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.



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(sertaconazole nitrate) cream, 2%

For Topical Use Only – Not for Oral, Ophthalmic, or Intravaginal Use


Sertacream pharmaceutical active ingredients containing related brand and generic drugs:

Active ingredient is the part of the drug or medicine which is biologically active. This portion of the drug is responsible for the main action of the drug which is intended to cure or reduce the symptom or disease. The other portions of the drug which are inactive are called excipients; there role is to act as vehicle or binder. In contrast to active ingredient, the inactive ingredient's role is not significant in the cure or treatment of the disease. There can be one or more active ingredients in a drug.

Sertacream available forms, composition, doses:

Form of the medicine is the form in which the medicine is marketed in the market, for example, a medicine X can be in the form of capsule or the form of chewable tablet or the form of tablet. Sometimes same medicine can be available as injection form. Each medicine cannot be in all forms but can be marketed in 1, 2, or 3 forms which the pharmaceutical company decided based on various background research results.
Composition is the list of ingredients which combinedly form a medicine. Both active ingredients and inactive ingredients form the composition. The active ingredient gives the desired therapeutic effect whereas the inactive ingredient helps in making the medicine stable.
Doses are various strengths of the medicine like 10mg, 20mg, 30mg and so on. Each medicine comes in various doses which is decided by the manufacturer, that is, pharmaceutical company. The dose is decided on the severity of the symptom or disease.

Sertacream destination | category:

Destination is defined as the organism to which the drug or medicine is targeted. For most of the drugs what we discuss, human is the drug destination.
Drug category can be defined as major classification of the drug. For example, an antihistaminic or an antipyretic or anti anginal or pain killer, anti-inflammatory or so.

Sertacream Anatomical Therapeutic Chemical codes:

A medicine is classified depending on the organ or system it acts [Anatomical], based on what result it gives on what disease, symptom [Therapeutical], based on chemical composition [Chemical]. It is called as ATC code. The code is based on Active ingredients of the medicine. A medicine can have different codes as sometimes it acts on different organs for different indications. Same way, different brands with same active ingredients and same indications can have same ATC code.

Sertacream pharmaceutical companies:

Pharmaceutical companies are drug manufacturing companies that help in complete development of the drug from the background research to formation, clinical trials, release of the drug into the market and marketing of the drug.
Researchers are the persons who are responsible for the scientific research and is responsible for all the background clinical trials that resulted in the development of the drug.



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Frequently asked Questions

Can i drive or operate heavy machine after consuming Sertacream?

Depending on the reaction of the Sertacream after taken, if you are feeling dizziness, drowsiness or any weakness as a reaction on your body, Then consider Sertacream not safe to drive or operate heavy machine after consumption. Meaning that, do not drive or operate heavy duty machines after taking the capsule if the capsule has a strange reaction on your body like dizziness, drowsiness. As prescribed by a pharmacist, it is dangerous to take alcohol while taking medicines as it exposed patients to drowsiness and health risk. Please take note of such effect most especially when taking Primosa capsule. It's advisable to consult your doctor on time for a proper recommendation and medical consultations.

Is Sertacream addictive or habit forming?

Medicines are not designed with the mind of creating an addiction or abuse on the health of the users. Addictive Medicine is categorically called Controlled substances by the government. For instance, Schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US are controlled substances.

Please consult the medicine instruction manual on how to use and ensure it is not a controlled substance.In conclusion, self medication is a killer to your health. Consult your doctor for a proper prescription, recommendation, and guidiance.


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